Amber Kite just about sets the standard on form after a promising debut over course and distance 18 days ago, but preference is for the newcomer OMAKASE.
Joseph O’Brien can ready one first time up and this daughter of Power is bred to be a speedy juvenile. Faraah and Himalayan Beauty are two more newcomers to note.
The level of form achieved by those that have run looks relatively modest, but REPUTE can take a step forward from his debut at Navan and this longer trip should see him improve.
The newcomers Trusted Ally and Just Awesome both warrant market checks, while the well-bred Giorgio Vasari could improve for the fitting of headgear.
A tough maiden for punters but a chance is taken on LOUGH SWILLY PEARL, who showed that her 200/1 second at Tipperary was no fluke when finishing runner-up again at Sligo earlier this month.
Azila has to be considered despite running below her two-year-old form so far this season and Bounce The Blues is another to consider after a promising debut nine days ago.
First-time headgear could do the trick for LOUGH CUTRA, who was a shade disappointing on handicap debut at Naas earlier this month but had previously shown enough to suggest he can win a maiden.
Comfort Line is the likely pace angle in this race and a return to this trip could see him get back on track, particularly if he’s gifted an uncontested lead here.
This would appear to be the weaker division of the race and it’s hard to oppose CALL ME ROCKY in what looks an uncompetitive event.
A reproduction of his recent distant third could be enough to take this. The newcomer to note is Big White Chief, while Thaleeq should be suited by a step up in trip here.
Having got off the mark under a hold-up ride at Gowran a week ago, MUSALSAL is taken to confirm that form with Lady Arona, the booking of Gavin Ryan a definite positive here from an okay draw.
Shock Gowran winner Pimstrel has an 8lb rise and better ground to overcome, while Hidden Spark looks a rock-solid place option on recent form. Ask Delaney caught the eye over C&D last month, but a wide draw could lessen his chance.
Top-weight Ya Ya Baby demands respect after going close at Gowran recently, but dropped in trip and from a good draw DIVINE CELT (NAP) could be the one to side with here. Scholastic, Miss Dancealot and Miss Adventurous are others to consider.
Give Battle is likely to have plenty of supporters now upped in trip, while the likes of A Place Apart and Red Vermillion warrant respect, but a chance is taken on CABALGATA gaining a valuable winning bracket under a first-time headgear combination and with Wayne Lordan booked.
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